Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
You're not kidding. My stablest GPU experience ever was with the 7970. In 4 years of ownership, never had a single crash or driver issue, and it was OC'd to its max with water 24/7. So, when I heard my friend was looking for a new card after his died, I managed to convince him to ditch nVidia and go for a 5700XT (because he was looking for the absolute best value, and, well, that is AMD, right there).
He spent 2 weeks troubleshooting, trying every possible fix provided by owners, but it kept crashing everything, either to desktop or completely. He had to return it and try a 2060S, which has been running beautifully since.
We still don't know exactly why it happened, but, well, there you go - dice rolls.
I had to do a clean install of Windows, but I believe that's a mostly a Windows update problem. You don't really see any reviewers saying, hey navi is unusable. My AMD 280 drivers felt clunky when I first switched to AMD. Then I went on to a 970 and it was smooth sailing. With the 5700 or any new product line it's best to check driver update known issues, like the Hardware Acceleration browser bug, enhanced sync bug. A simple 3 click fix.
If they had the same price vs performance and I didn't care about OCing, I would go for Nvidia no question. Navi is just to much fun with MPT and you get so much more out of it for the $. Also on Newegg you don't see it swarmed by verified purchasers saying my 5700 was unusable etc. I avoided the first months drivers like a plague and came out ahead.
Sapphire Radeon RX 5700 Non XT Boost Core 2035 Gaming Ram 960 43c Air Water Hybrid Cardboard Blower with a 20$ chinese Waterblock on the core 50 gallon tote of water, Ryzen 2600 4.1 ghz, 15$ chinese waterblock, same tote 3200 ddr3 cl16 Team T-FORCE VULCAN TUF , B450m Asrock Pro 4 Mobo, 700 Watt OCZ PSU.